Long overdue by now, Carpet Group Recordings is an outlet for me to release music by friends who I admire and love. The first tape is by my amazing friend, recent Berlin transplant, Naemi who put together 60 minutes of beautiful ambient compositions early this year. Ive been sitting on these files for some time now and spent a lot of time listening to this group of recordings on the road over the summer. Id put it on after waking up in a Walmart parking lot outside of Ceour d'Alene Idaho, groggy and sun blinded and driving for ridiculous lengths at a time alone. I'd listen to it as I went to sleep in a Walmart parking lot in Oklahoma City hotboxing my car hoping no one would give me a hard time just praying to fall asleep at a reasonable hour. The summer was emotional for me with lots of ups and downs, financial troubles, friends passing, lots of revisions towards my creative agenda, relationships falling apart, complications with my family etc. this record often served as a soundtrack for hope and I'm so glad to have Naemi in my life. They've always been profoundly supportive of me and was one of my closest friends in Chicago. Recording under the moniker Exael for quite some time, this tape marks the first release under this name. It's a real privilege to put this out in the world for them ~
released December 6, 2017
all tracks written and produced by Naemi, except "superbath (naemi edit)" which is an edit of "superbath" by UON.
Eight tracks conceived as a means of self-care, anxiety relief, sleep, and quiet comfort.
The range of emotions experienced whilst listening to this tape is as impressive as the fact that it plays like one cohesive track, journey, or life. The artists featured here under different names have become heavyweights in the game (Huerco S., uon, exael, Ulla Straus) so it is hard to fathom just how great a sequel to this would be. This is one of my favorite projects ever and something that could be played over and over into blissful eternity. Edward
This is an underwater odyssey that takes me deep into bliss. Physically and mentally relaxing music, but music that grabs you from the start and leads you on an underwater space exploration. Maybe it is not even music, not ambient; it is an experience, a journey. Taking us back to a time when we floated as cells in ancient seas. This is a masterpiece. One of my favorite records of the decade. Edward